Govt. clarifies guidance on returning to work

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has issued new guidance to help workers and employers return to work safely.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson advised workers in the construction and manufacturing sectors in England to return to work on 13 May 2020.

But critics rounded on the Government for a perceived lack of clarity around the PM's advice, which was issued on Sunday 10 May 2020.

In response, guides for eight different lines of work in England have been published in a bid to implement social distancing measures in workplaces.

Suggested measures include staggered start times, one-way systems, screens between workers and increased levels of cleaning.

Ministers are also due to provide more details on how people can travel safely on public transport as the coronavirus lockdown begins to ease.

More stringent approaches towards easing the lockdown are being adopted in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Carolyn Fairbairn, director-general at the Confederation of British Industry, said:

"This gives firms a clearer picture of how to reopen safely and gradually, building on the proactive plans many firms developed during lockdown.

"The UK faces months of change and challenge. These guidelines will need to continue to evolve based on insight from the ground.

"Employers and employee representatives must work together to support these plans to build public trust and get our economy back on its feet."